Minister wants full smoking ban in 2008
31 May 2007, THE HAGUE – Public Health Minister Ab Klink wants to introduce a smoking ban not only in restaurants and hotels next year, but also in cafés and nightclubs.
31 May 2007
THE HAGUE – Public Health Minister Ab Klink wants to introduce a smoking ban not only in restaurants and hotels next year, but also in cafés and nightclubs.
Director of the Dutch Heart Foundation Hans Stam says the minister made this clear during talks with a number of health organisations recently.
Stam said this during a symposium on a smoking ban in the hospitality industry at the public health ministry on Thursday.
The minister was expected to announce his plans for the smoking policy in the hospitality industry this week. The minister's spokesperson however says this is no longer the plan. He said that a date for announcing the plans had not yet been set. "But it will be before the summer in any event."
Klink has said from the beginning that he would like a smoke-free hospitality sector as soon as possible. The umbrella organisation for the hospitality industry Koninklijk Horeca Nederland made a counter proposal that all hotels and restaurants be smoke free from next year but that a total ban, including cafés and nightclubs, be postponed until 2011.
It is unclear whether Klink will be able to muster enough support in Parliament for his plans. Rumour has it that the Christian democrat CDA – Klink's own party – is opposed.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news